Last night’s little visitors

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Lightly effortless,

Suspended in calm stillness,

Nocturnal visit.

 

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There were a few tiny cute visitors congregated outside the front door and along the window yesterday evening.

What a wonderful surprise greeting us!

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These three were gathered higher up at the entrance, while one frog remained independently alone near the bottom….also attached to the window glass.

 

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About 2 centimetres in length….and I enjoy marveling at their amazingly strong legs and their well-adapted tiny fingers and toes.

 

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Upside-down…..and

 

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…..right side up.

 

 

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Six Word Story #14

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Sky-filled darkened clouds create dramatic expectation!

 

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On my walk last week.

Fascinating how looking to the west at one point sets the mood for something….that pause in the air.  What might happen!

And then 10 minutes further down the road.  I look toward the east, and it’s an entirely different light and mood.

 

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Winter Sunsets

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The coolness of snow,

And the blues of cloud and sky;

Softened with sunshine.

 

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I took both of these wintry sunset photos about three days apart.  One can sky-gaze every day and never see the same view twice.

Nature’s endlessly tantalizing and fun show!

It feels good to see the blanket of snow everywhere – things are getting a good rest.

 

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Gentleness

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Quietly calm.  Trust.

The youngling cradled in warmth,

A tender moment.

 

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In June of this year, when my co-worker, Ryan, and I were busy weeding in the garden, we met a wee little, feathered friend.

During a brief break, Ryan happened to look in the direction of a nearby tree and noticed something had fallen.  He disappeared for a few moments and then returned with this little one gently cupped in his hands, and both he and I spent a few moments just appreciating one of nature’s creatures – I’m thinking perhaps a robin fledgling? – We guessed that perhaps it had fallen from the tree in an effort to learn flying from the nest and trying out the new feather growth.

It seemed not to mind us; quite content to just rest.

Ryan then went back to the tree and let it go.

That lovely encounter completely made our day!

 

By the Oval Window

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Infused with bright light,

The view of nature beckons;

The desk calls to me.

 

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This snug little working nook is on the second floor of a friend’s house. The last time I was there, I was, as always, mesmerized to stop and look and savour the feeling of this welcoming place.

How I would love to sit there and spend hours working and creating by that inspiring light!

Every time I’m there my gaze is drawn to that oval window.  I absolutely love it.  So different from the usual square or rectangle kind in most people’s houses, including mine.

There’s something about oval that is calming and appealing to the eye.

Misty Dawn at Pickerel Bay

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Dreamy, peaceful dawn;

A light mist…floating islands.

Magic in the air?

 

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A view of White Lake early Tuesday morning….just after 7 a.m.  As seen from Pickerel Bay.

Before I got started with the work I had come to do, a movement in the sky caught my eye – a slow, gracefully soaring great blue heron; it has such a distinctive, unmistakable gliding style – I watched its flight for a few moments, then my eyes lowered to the horizon, and I noticed the mist on the lake water, and I was immediately entranced with the sense of peacefulness and calm.

At the sight of the tranquil water…..the island reflections….the light pink hues created by the just rising sun……it could be the perfect spot for enchanted Avalon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A hush fills the air…

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Rural road beauty –

It pops up quickly; then gone,

Sweet nature’s embrace.

 

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At least once, and sometimes twice, weekly I drive up various back roads to get from my home to a beautiful place called White Lake; also about a 35-40 minute drive further north.  White Lake is a good-sized lake, and so there are numerous cottages and homes dotted along its shoreline, as well as a few camping and cabin-renting resorts.

There are some coves and larger bays along White Lake as well.  In one area, near Echo Point – good name, don’t you think? – is where I go to visit my senior friend, Leah, of whom I have written a couple of posts.  Along Pickerel Bay is the resort Pickerel Bay Lodge, and that’s where I work on Saturday mornings in the summertime (and the occasional weekday morning during pre-season)….cleaning cottages.

Just this past Saturday in the early afternoon, as I was driving back home after working, I passed through this short section of densely tree-lined road – which always gives me a wonderful feeling inside – and snapped some photos.  The whole morning it had been raining lightly…. and the sky had been one blanket of light grey clouds.

I always DO feel like nature is giving me an embrace here.  I feel the lush greenness of colour, the stillness of the trees, the branches reaching out and over and across, and I feel enveloped.  Embraced.  I love that stretch of road.

So I decided to share its loveliness with you.  I hope you like it.  Envision yourself there with the cool, fresh air….and the serenity and calm.

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Note:  How fast life can get busy and not leave time for my writing.

Mind you, at least I have been continuously taking pictures so that when I can do some writing, I am able to include those selected…and get writing!  🙂

 

Ahhh…enjoying the outdoors!

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A favourite place,

Roaming outside in the yard;

A cat’s life is good!

 

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Once the weather became milder and snow-free, Hemingway was keen to get roaming in our yards. I’d hazard a guess that it partly reminds her of her early kittenhood days, when she’d roam around with her siblings before we adopted her.

So, these days she wants out…..comes in for brief respites and some munchies….and then out she goes again.

I always enjoy watching her…even when she’s just there resting and taking it all in.  Her ears are always on alert.  In the first photo, her ears are turned back; she’s heard something of interest.

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And in her reclining position (in these two photos), she enjoys watching birds flying overhead or just critters moving about.

I just love looking at her pretty, shaggy, and soft coat.  And how she is always at peace and so calm.  Always totally comfortable.

 

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“Hemingway, is it time to come in for some snuggles and food?”

When Eyes Meet

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Up ahead first one deer crossed the road and jumped into the woods.

The roads were slick, so I had been driving quite slowly; I slowed down some more.

Another soon followed, except it didn’t continue as the other one but trotted up along the right shoulder.

Then it darted on down that junction road.

I thought that was it.

I looked left to see if there was movement; if there were any others.

And there it stood.  On the left side.

The third one.  Totally still.  Totally calm.

Taking in the scene……watching.

I stopped my car…..just idling.

Rolled down my window and gazed on that silent sentinel.

I watched its ears turn away….to the side and to back and then back to front.

Keeping tabs on me.  I was totally quiet and still.

Just taking quick pictures.

Who knows how long this will last?

Its eyes glanced left briefly, and then it put its full gaze on me.

What are we thinking as our eyes lock?

I am admiring this beautiful animal.  I feel excited…..beyond thrilled!

What about you, deer?

 

On My Daily Walk….Yesterday

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Yes, it’s become my daily walk and not necessarily always at the same time.  It can be mornings or early evenings (like in these photos I took from yesterday’s walk).  I started this new form of exercise in the first week of June and I plan on keeping it going, because it no longer feels like an exercise that I need to do as my goal….but more of a fun new activity that I look forward to and don’t want to miss doing and now can’t imagine NOT doing – hahaha!

Primarily, I walk along two country roads, the bigger one being paved.  There are uphill and downhill parts on both of them, so that adds a bit of “extra work” as well.

I was loving the sunshine on my face and arms as I walked along at my usual good, comfortable, steady pace.  And as I was facing homeward bound again, that’s when I paid more attention to the clouds in the sky and really noticed that darker cloud.  I liked that “heavier” looking cloud that still somehow seems to be so light in the sky.  And I liked how the rows in the field showed up distinctly.  So, I stopped and took a few pictures.  Interesting isn’t it, when you look just a smidge to the right, which is the next picture in sequence…and even though the dark cloud is still in the sky to the left (outside of the frame), you wouldn’t know or think it was there just looking at the second picture.  All the clouds are white, and the sky is blue.

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This third picture I took going closer to the edge of the left side of the road, mostly because I love the sight of these grasses with the lighter beige tufts that always invite me to fan my hand over their softness…..as well as run my hands through the soft ferny ground cover right at the edge of the sandy shoulder, running along the right edge of those taller grasses.  Adds some tactile exploration….and fun!

From time to time occasional birds – red-winged blackbirds and sparrows and bobolinks and mourning doves, among others – briefly perch along the hydro lines, and we check each other out.

Interestingly, every walk is never quite the same….different clouds, occasional rain sprinkles or little “showers,” total cloudiness, breezes or barely breezy, and the haying in certain fields, and the slowly growing taller of the corn crops in other fields.

Sure is peaceful and calm.